Individuals can check their Social Security status online by creating a My Social Security account on the website of the Social Security Administration. Other online tools that help assess Social Security status include the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool, the Application Status Information form and the retirement and disability benefits planners.
A My Social Security account allows users to read their Social Security statements and estimates of future benefits online and manage personal and direct deposit information if they already receive benefits. To create a My Social Security account, go to the main page of SSA.gov. Click on the My Social Security icon, and click on Create An Account. Agree to the terms of service, and provide your name, Social Security number, birth date, home address and phone number. Next, create personal security questions, a user name and a password.
The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool allows users to answer general questions to assess their eligibility for benefits without providing a name or Social Security number. The Application Status Information form allows users to enter their Social Security number and application confirmation number to track the progress of applications already submitted. The benefits planners use online calculators to estimate life expectancy, retirement age and possible retirement, disability and survivors benefits.